According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many ways stem cell therapies can help patients with degenerative conditions. This includes arthritis, as well as osteoarthritis (OA), which is the most common type of this degenerative disease. This also treats facet joint arthritis, which occurs in the lower back of the spine.
Stem cell therapy for arthritis is under the watchful eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is used in clinical research. With injections of stem cells from the patient, individuals are able to regrow cartilage and ease pain from arthritis, including facet joint arthritis and osteoarthritis.